THEY made tough work of it but Galway won’t mind as they secured their place in the Ladies National Football League semi-finals last Sunday.
Strong finishes to both halves gave Stephen Glennon’s charges the desired result putting them into a final four showdown with Dublin later this month.
With Donegal beating Cork on Saturday evening and Mayo dominant over Monaghan, it was all about a result for Galway who advance past the Tir Conaill women based on the criteria of kicking more white flags in February’s head-to-head match.
However, before a ball was kicked, there was already confusion about the field this contest would take place on as the main pitch in St. Loman’s was unmarked with the flags being put in place only as the two teams arrived.
There was some speculation about whether the game would be played on the astro turf pitch but as stewards desperately tried to line the penalty areas before throw-in, the teams prepared for battle on the originally scheduled turf.
Some of Westmeath’s results, including their nine-goal trimming to Donegal, would have questioned their right to play Division One football, but their improvement over the seven round series showed how important this competition is to emerging counties.
Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.